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Homeless number continues rising

The number of people needing assistance is twice what it was last year, according to Salvation Army Major David Feeser. Read more here.
The number of people needing assistance is twice what it was last year, according to Salvation Army Major David Feeser.

Nick Starkey and his wife don't have a home of their own.

"We just-you know- we walk from here and we go to the library and stuff. We just hang out there until 5 o'clock and then go to Salvation Army," stated Starkey.

Starkey said they spent the last couple of years living in rundown houses because he can't find a job.

"With the oil boom going on and stuff like that...you know...gas prices and stuff are going up," continued Starkey.

Feeser has already seen the change.

"Last year, we had a 4,000 meal increase. This year, we're already almost double that...in just one quarter. So, it's been some huge increases," said Feeser.

The local Homeless Coalition President, Scott Heiser, said he has also seen the numbers double this year.

"Preliminary numbers only show 53...I'm still waiting for the Region 15...all the Concho Valley schools to report their numbers...I really have no idea what those numbers are going to be... But, that's more than doubled of what we saw last year in the count," declared Heiser.

Both the Major of the Salvation Army and the President of the Homeless Coalition said the homeless numbers are on a rise and it's all due to the oil surge.

"The oil boom has certainly made an impact. We have seen-because of the boom-we've seen rental rates skyrocket...which has pushed many people out," finished Heiser.
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